Budget VPS Benchmark Comparison

VPS-HostingI do my fair bit of ranting about sub-par VPS providers here *cough* cloudatcost *cough* so I figured I’d run the vpsbench.sh script across all of the servers I rent.

I currently rent servers with RamNode (love!), WeLoveServers, CloudAtCost, and BlueVM.  I had a server with ChicagoVPS but cancelled it due to performance issues.

Some people might find this information useful in choosing a budget VPS provider.  I’ve included the provider and datacenter location.  Please note that this will only give you an idea of how fast their network is.  I may do an actual machine benchmark at a later date if people are interested.

The test results are after the jump

BlueVM – VPS #1 – Atlanta, GA

Download speed from CacheFly: 45.4MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 47.0MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 3.84MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 1.28MB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 2.49MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 3.62MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 1.07MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 1.47MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 1.69MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 3.64MB/s
I/O speed : 139 MB/s

BlueVM – VPS #2 – Buffalo, NY

Download speed from CacheFly: 17.8MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 14.5MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 7.53MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 2.56MB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 4.22MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 10.9MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 1.65MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 4.79MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 4.94MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 23.4MB/s
I/O speed : 385 MB/s

CloudAtCost – VPS #1 – Ontario, CA

Download speed from CacheFly: 54.2MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 9.98MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 14.6MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 537KB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 3.25MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 21.3MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.43MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 9.44MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 4.08MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 26.1MB/s
I/O speed : 9.0 MB/s

CloudAtCost – VPS #2 – Ontario, CA

Download speed from CacheFly: 81.2MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 20.5MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 6.96MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 540KB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 1.55MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 23.6MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 3.52MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 15.0MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 11.6MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 23.5MB/s
I/O speed : 9.7 MB/s

RamNode – Atlanta, GA

Download speed from CacheFly: 67.9MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 72.7MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 65.4MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.80MB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 5.89MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 36.4MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 10.6MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 16.7MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 47.3MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 86.8MB/s
I/O speed : 331 MB/s

WeLoveServers VPS #1 – Dallas, TX

Download speed from CacheFly: 11.5MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 10.1MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 11.2MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.75MB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 5.21MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 11.1MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 3.95MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 6.67MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 9.67MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 11.2MB/s
I/O speed : 270 MB/s

WeLoveServers VPS #2 – Buffalo, NY

Download speed from CacheFly: 2.22MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 4.52MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 16.5MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 1.56MB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 2.93MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 7.54MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 1.58MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 2.22MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 4.33MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 9.31MB/s
I/O speed : 101 MB/s

As you can see, the I/O speed on the cloudatcost servers is pretty abysmal.

RamNode is the only provider on this list which hasn’t been plagued at one point or another by downtime, lossy networking, and IOPS issues. They’re also the most expensive (which is relative since these are all budget providers).

If you want me to run any other tests or have any questions, leave them in the comments!

5 comments

  1. I always check at http://lowendbox.com to see what are the cheapest, best performing VPS servers. After the posting of a new VPS deal the comments section tells a lot about the performance of the service.

    Currently my Musicbrainz mirror runs at VMbox (http://lowendbox.com/blog/vmbox-6-5month-3072mb-openvz-vps-in-amsterdam-phoenix-and-los-angeles/):
    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v2 @ 2.10GHz
    Number of cores : 4
    CPU frequency : 2099.951 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 3072 MB
    Total amount of swap : 0 MB
    System uptime : 1 day, 5:31,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 74.6MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Atlanta, GA: 8.50MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Newark, NJ: 12.1MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 7.99MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 5.94MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 50.2MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 87.4MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 7.98MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 14.6MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 12.7MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 22.5MB/s
    I/O speed : 185 MB/s

    Never-ever use 123systems.net: http://postimg.org/image/nrxzi6gtj/

    1. I love LEB!

      $48/year is a pretty amazing deal for those specs… SSD Cached, 4CPU, 3GB RAM? I might have to pick one up and put a couple of my underperfoming servers out to pasture.

      How has the uptime/network been for you?

    2. Actually, after reading through the LEB comments I’ll probably hold off. I really dislike hosts that auto-suspend and it sounds like his machines were misconfigured/overloaded and he was passing the blame onto his customers for it.

  2. I haven’t seen servers with as much specs as this one. The auto-shutdown ‘feature’ is a bummer, but I’ve generated a sysload well over the 0.9 for a longer period of time without being suspended. Normally the load hangs somewhere in the 0.50.
    The LA server was a (configured) disaster, but the server in the Netherlands is actually very good for the last 15 days.

    I’ve seen my share of abused VPS servers. I don’t know if, for this price, it’s such a bad idea to shutdown users that use it like it’s their own dedicated server. It keeps my server healthy, and I do a little bit extra effort to make sure the IO load is sane.

    I ran the LEB script again after 15 days:
    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v2 @ 2.10GHz
    Number of cores : 4
    CPU frequency : 2099.951 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 3072 MB
    Total amount of swap : 0 MB
    System uptime : 15 days, 10:24,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 74.6MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Atlanta, GA: 8.76MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Newark, NJ: 13.8MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 11.4MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 4.67MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 57.2MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 105MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 8.01MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 15.0MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 13.2MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 23.6MB/s
    I/O speed : 182 MB/s

    1. I agree, people toss bitcoin miners / out of control minecraft servers on a node and everyone suffers. My issue is more his demeanor and how he addressed the issue (which was on his side).

      It looks like the NL servers are really solid though!

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